On the Siddha Yoga path, we acknowledge the presence of the Divine in all of creation—and this divinity is revealed in myriad forms in the natural world. The beauty and wonder we find in nature can inspire us, as seekers, to recognize the beauty within us and everywhere around us.
The Nature Gallery contains photographs taken in the wondrous environs of Shree Muktananda Ashram, where Gurumayi currently resides. The Ashram is located in upstate New York, surrounded by expansive forests and rolling hills, brimming with wildlife. Take your time as you view the gallery. Allow the images to transport you to the serene stillness of the Guru’s abode, and let nature’s splendor connect you to the splendor of your own great heart.
Opening to this supremely glorious image of Bade Baba, I am suddenly there in the Temple. I sit contentedly taking in his form and the surrounding beauty; this feeling of utter freedom is so nourishing. I have this experience, I realize, when I meditate, but somehow seeing the actual Temple of Bade Baba has a magical effect!
I am so grateful that these amazing images have been made so fresh and accessible.
London, United Kingdom
The blue jay is radiantly beautiful! It looks to me like it is offering pranam
. O holy blue jay, O holy world indeed! I am inspired to give praise for the beauty and bounty of our world.
Colorado, United States
out of nothing
in to something
Missouri, United States
Time and time again I have opened the Nature Gallery and received a clear and unmistakable inner message. Sometimes it is in the opening image, sometimes in the sequence of photos, or even the subject of one or more of the pictures. What is conveyed to me is more than the beauty and stillness of nature.
I have learned to trust my intuition, which tells me: "Today there is a special message for me."
I sat in silence and opened the December Nature Gallery on my laptop. I set it up to slideshow mode and let myself take in each photo, experiencing its stillness and beauty. I could feel the cold breezes and almost see my footprints in the snow. I sat on the empty bench facing the frozen lake. I cried softly. It was a magical visit.
California, United States
These beautiful photos of Shree Muktananda Ashram remind me of the deep quietude and silence I have experienced all around me when the snow gracefully blankets the earth. While viewing these photos, I experience that same deep silence within. Serenity and contentment arise, and the awareness of Gurumayi's grace. Tears of gratitude spring to my eyes!
Thank you, Gurumayi, for the unlimited ways in which I experience your constant grace in my life.
Florida, United States
In viewing the photographs of the snow-laden grounds of Shree Muktananda Ashram, I could easily imagine the profound stillness of the scenes in which the photographer stood to take those photos. Originally a city girl, I always associate new-fallen snow anywhere
with profound silence. The silence that I can sense from these snowy images reminds me of the silence in the Temple, or in a venerable church or other sacred space.
Oregon, United States
The December photos so eloquently portray the divine silence of winter. They help me enter into the stillness of my heart.
New York, United States